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Reviving the Classics: The Romance of a Shop

The Romance of a Shop ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars When Mr Lorimer died, he left his four unmarried daughters in a difficult economic situation. Despite offers of help from friends and relatives, the sisters decide to fend for themselves and open a photography business… The Romance of a Shop by Amy Levy is aContinue reading “Reviving the Classics: The Romance of a Shop”

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 4.5 out of 5 stars Neil Gaiman has always been one of my favourite authors. The way he writes, mixing magic with everyday events, has a unique charm. His novels are imaginative, funny and full of impossible characters and situations. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of those works thatContinue reading “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

Hale: The Rise of the Griffins

This book made me believe that I should change my rating scale. Five stars are for classics and books I absolutely adore, four for very good ones, three for good… But how do you rate a novel that is very good but lacks the charm of the best examples of its genre? Hale is aContinue reading “Hale: The Rise of the Griffins”

Squid Game

Recently, like most of us, I watched and enjoyed the Squid Game series on Netflix. It’s new and different, horrible and exciting at the same time. It’s a kind of story we want to watch from the safety of our houses, telling ourselves that it is fiction; it hasn’t happened in real life. Hopefully, itContinue reading “Squid Game”

The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince **** 4 out of 5 stars Jude Duarte’s life is turned upside down when a mysterious man enters her house, kills both of her parents and abducts her, her twin sister Taryn and their older sister Vivienne to a kingdom of Elfhame in Faerie Realm. As it turned out, their mother wasContinue reading “The Cruel Prince”

Reviving the classics: Jane Eyre

‘I am not an angel, […] and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.’[1] Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is definitely one of my favourite books. When I read it for the first time, I was around 20-years-old, and I saw it only as a romance novel. After rereading it asContinue reading “Reviving the classics: Jane Eyre”

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 5 out of 5 stars The Fault In Our Stars was probably the only book I ever read that was so funny and so sad at the same time. It is a heartbreaking story about death, and it is a celebration of life and a call to useContinue reading “The Fault in Our Stars”

Flat Top Mountain Ranch: The Beginning

Flat Top Mountain Ranch: The Beginning is a western full of action, adventure, Indians and cowboys. It’s a story of two young man, Ty and Jack, who try to build their future away from the horrors of the war. More at https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=205717

The Other Emily

The Other Emily by Dean Koontz 3.5 out of 5 stars The Other Emily was the first Dean Koontz novel that I read. I remember looking through his works in my local library some years ago, as a teenager I think, but I never read one until now. I actually listened to most of it onContinue reading “The Other Emily”

MA Victorian Studies

As I started my MA in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck College this week, I spent the last couple of days preparing. It is a literature course, but they put pressure on understanding the historical and cultural context. That’s why we start the year with French Revolution. As a part of preparation for the course, IContinue reading “MA Victorian Studies”